Thanks to hosts Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village, the 8th Annual ArtReach Dine & D’art held Friday, April 7 was a huge success in generating funds for the ArtReach mission of sharing visual and performing arts with youth, seniors and underserved Denver populations.

The mission of ArtReach is to “change lives through the arts” by providing access to arts and cultural experiences for underserved and at-risk people of all ages.

Executive Director Karla Johnson-Grimes and her team organized an exciting signature event featuring artworks donated by two dozen generous local Colorado artists. The auctioneer for the evening was Libby Pollack of The Auction Divas who inspired many donations for ArtReach programs including this year’s Summer Camp arts programs.

This year’s event featured various singers and belly dancers who performed individually and together as part of the evening entertainment. During the cocktail reception guests reviewed various artworks donated by local artists and then are given a limited time to select their favorite piece, including drawings, paintings, mixed media pieces and sometimes jewelry and sculptures.

Among the artists featured this year are: Julio Alejandro, Diana Andersen, Jonathan Applegate, Susan Bell, Christine Blackburn, Lynn Burnes, J. Michael Carr, D. Todd Clough, Lindsey Dechant, Connie Dines, Amy Dixon, Michael J. Dowling, Dan Ericson, Deb Mueller Hruza, Jack Estensoro, Julie Federico, Michelle Follett, Sherry Helmstaedter, Bronwen Jones, Lynda Knowles, Andrea Mallen, Ivadell Marie, Kelle Moder, Louise Nett, Kay Ray, Lyndsey Rosenberg, Chris Schranck, and Bruce Zander.

Johnson-Grimes thanked this year’s sponsors including: Jay’s Valet Parking, Peggy Brannick/Equity-Colorado Real Estate, Jackalope Artisan Fair, Prestige Estate Services, Frame de Art II, Design-A-Palooza, Source Four Interior Elements and  RayCreative Digital Design.

For more than four decades the non-profit ArtReach has provided art programming through its ticketing system to provide arts/cultural access to several underserved communities including senior citizens,  after-school art classes for Denver Public Schools as well as Camp ArtReach summer programs for kids. Each year ArtReach serves an opportunity for 35,000 individuals and families in the Denver metro community to experience Visual and Performing Arts.
For more information on how to volunteer, donate and support ArtReach please visit the web site at, call 303-4333-2882, ext. 752 or email Karla directly at